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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 62
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008)
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Photo of wingman14


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008, 1st Release

This one pours a darkish copper with orange hues with a frothy off white head that leaves nice lacing. A very nice citrus hop aroma with some sweet notes. The smell was underwhelming compared to the taste. The hop taste is super huge, not a super bitter taste, but the power of the hop is used well in this brew. The taste is not over the top, but still is full flavored. The mouthfeel is great because of the hop focus, the bitterness is expected but not experienced. A medium body and a good balance. This is a great beer, definitely for the hop heads, a great addition to the Sierra Nevada line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:09:04 | More by wingman14
Photo of usmittymc


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful rosy amber color with a slightly off-white head that seemingly never recedes.

S: Hops. Spicy, citrusy, yummy hops. Not much else. A little bit of malt in the nose, but it's very faint.

T: The nose plays no tricks. Spicy, bitter hops dominate the palate on this one. But there is an excellent balance provided by a sturdy, yet subtle malt back.

M: Carbonation is just right. Moderate body.

D: Wow. This is an excellent APA. The fresh hops are unbelieveable. I could (should) drink this for the rest of the night, but it's my only one. Decent ABV, but not overwhleming.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 02:02:53 | More by usmittymc
Photo of HomeBrewGut

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer that was absolutely fun to drink -- amazing HOP aroma and flavor. It could be used as a cologne as the hop strength was immediately evident upon opening the bottle. The beer drinks very well and your palate is smashed by the Hops. I love my hops but this beer takes it to a whole new level.

I found that the flavor and hop strength mellowed out as the bottle "breathed". Somewhat like a fine wine, some airing out of the beer actually provided a unique experience for each glass.

I purchased a few extra bottles to store.. let's see how they mature over the next few months.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:33:57 | More by HomeBrewGut
Photo of cameraman


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A half inch head forms, that is cream in color. The head shows tremendous retention. The scent of grass and earth are the strongest at first sniff, that is followed by a touch of citrus at the end. The taste surprisingly malty, with very mild bready flavor. The malt last till halfway where a grassy and citrusy bitterness takesover, it blends nicely from the malt and is not ovewrpowering. A medium bodied feel at the front and thinning out at the end. The back of the palate is left dry, after each taste. An evenly balanced beer, though it states it is fresh hopped beer. The title makes you expect more intensity in hops, though it does not reach those expectations, it is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:31:56 | More by cameraman
Photo of Patrick999


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really a hophead, but that doesn't mean that beers like this don't intrigue me. Saw this for the first time, and am pretty interested in trying it. 2008 first release.

A - Well, by typical APA standards, this is exceptional. Big clumpy head with all kinds of retention, intricate lacing. Then again, it's kind of a given that Sierra Nevada beers look good in the glass. Slightly cloudy, burnished-gold body.

S - Hop, obviously. Kind of a sweet citrusy hop, with some earthiness underneath. Not really as strong-smelling as I thought it might be, though.

T - I'm tempted to say that this is all an ode to the big juicy hop. However, while that juicy hop is certainly there, this beer is finely balanced by a graham cracker-y malt, similar to its older brother SNPA. Unlike that beer, though, there's no fruity esters coming forth, as the juicy citric hop with some earthy bitterness doesn't really allow it. That's fine, though, we'll let the hops have their day in the sun. Very good. Slightly higher alcohol than most APAs here, but it's not to be found in the taste.

F - Feel is husky and a bit oily, as it probably should be. Carbonation at times can get raspy, which leads to me burping all over the place, but this is to style. Those burps are some hoppy burps, that's for sure. Hop all through the aftertaste, as it seems to coat the back of the mouth with resin, reminiscent of that effect you get with a really hoppy DIPA.

D - A fine drinker, and would do very well with a wide variety of foods. A hoppy instant classic pale ale from one of the great American craft brewers. I could do with another bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 21:12:59 | More by Patrick999
Photo of jordoo


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

It poors out a deep pale orange with a large ivoryu head that is both puffy and sticky. This one leavs plenty of lace and I really cannot imagin an APA looking any better. The nose is mainly citrus and floral hop with a sweet toasted barley smell as well. Tatse is a nice sour/bitter citrus hop flavor with a perfectly ballanced toasty malt backround that also adds some sweetness. There are also floral and earthy notes. Great mouth feel and pretty easy to down this 24oz bottle.

Overall this was a great brew that was probably even better when it was fresh seeing hoe its now mid august.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 18:40:17 | More by jordoo
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Looked like a glass of iced tea. The pour produced a decent sized head of slightly off-white foam and lots of thick sticky lacing.

S - Malty with hints of citrus. Had a slight aroma of unsweetened iced tea with a squeeze of lemon.

T - Malty with a slight sweetness up front followed by a bitter slightly dry hop finish.

MF&D - Slightly oily and sticky. A nice hoppy ale, but I'm not sure I could drink these all day. Overall a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:01:24 | More by nasty15108
Photo of thekevlarkid


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head but not much of it formed when I poured this beer and it retained very little. Dark amber or cherry wood color. Strong piney hops over alcohol aroma. Some intermittent lacing. Light to medium carbonated with a very forward hop heavy flavor. Cleary a fresh hopped brew, very 'green' in character and semi-spicy without being as sharp as an IPA. Could use a little more malted balance but GREAT for hopheads. Some sweet malt in the middle giving it a little body and depth. Bitter bite at the very end.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 14:39:14 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of KeefD


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color, with a two finger head that settles slowly, leaving behind big, chunky rings of nice lacing. Plenty of carbonation keeping the off-white cap around for the long haul. Smell of wet, oily hop goodness. A bit of grapefruit, pine, and orange rind to round this thing out. Fresh hop flavor, a bit of sweet caramel malt, hints of orange and citrus, plenty of pine resin. Smooth, almost creamy in the mouth, goes down rather easily. A fantastic APA, most certainly more tasty and well balanced than their standard pale. Very good, and wish this could somehow be year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:10:57 | More by KeefD
Photo of Deuane


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, deep copper with a creamy medium white head. Head reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Fresh, herbal juicy hops supported well by biscuity malt notes. This is of course all about the wet hops so they do dominate.

T-Fresh, herbal, grassy hops. The bitterness is a bit tempered as in most fresh hop brews. A solid biscuity malt foundation keeps this one well balanced.

M-Medium-light body with a nice sharp crispness. Long lasting herbal notes from the hops.

D-Very good, crisp, light and enjoyable. A most well done job by the folks at SN to ship those Kiwi hops all the way to Cali and keep them fresh! Well done, barley able to notice any difference between this and the North American harvest ales which I love so much!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 07:53:14 | More by Deuane
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle purchased for $4.45 from Wine Emporium in Boston. Pours a clear medium gold with little head but some lacing. Decent hop aroma, but was hoping for more from a "fresh hop" beer. Flavour is full and bitter, with hops that give the beer a warming sensation. Enjoyable stuff, though less floral and fruity than I associate with "fresh hops".

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:52:29 | More by sstackho
Photo of sevopie


4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber in color with a healthy rocky cream/off-white head. Laces well, if sporadically.

Smell - A distinctly sweet hops smell, with a touch of malt in there as well as a hint of brown sugar.

Taste - Hops with a twist, almost cinnamon on the edge of the flavor. Slightly buttery flavor with a fair amount of malt in there as well. Slight burnt wood flavor lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Oily and smooth, very slightly underwhelming on the carbonation, but not too bad.

Drinkability - This is a fantastic brew that I could sip on all night long. Unfortunately I only bought the 1 bottle, so that won't be happening all night long.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 06:23:02 | More by sevopie
Photo of MisterClean


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew club sampler.

A - Copper orange in color, light head, dissipates fast, nice legs.

S - Very piny and grass with a light alochol feel. Slightly malty too.

T - Malty with notes of pine.

M - Carbonated, and slightly bitter.

D - What the dr. ordered for a hearty pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:19:20 | More by MisterClean
Photo of spointon


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago.

A= This ale poured a clear, deep copper color with a 1" creamy white head. Carbonation release was active but within range for the style. Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= The aromas of this beer were dominated by juicy hops, followed by the biscuit malt notes. I first had this ale from a bottle a few weeks ago, and I have to say the aroma from the draft version was less pronounced and not nearly as impressive. Somehow it didn't smell as "fresh"...maybe it was a problem with a dirty tap line?

T= I found the flavors of this ale to be very good but again not as good as my previous experience with it in the bottle. Still, this was a serious beer in the hops department. I got some nice hop flavor as well as straight hop bitterness. Solid malt foundation kept this one balanced.

MF= Despite this ale having a medium body, it felt lighter on the tongue. The carbonation was a bit crisp, making this a great palate cleanser.

D= Very good beer, but still disappointing because the bottle version is so much better. I recommend it to anyone wanting to experience fresh hops in all their glory.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 15:26:57 | More by spointon
Photo of KarlHungus


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving thick lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with hints of pine and citrus. The taste is more rounded out than the aroma. Grapefruit, pine, and citrus all meld into each other. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, with is a wonderful fresh hop pale ale. I could certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:45:22 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of dfillius


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. hybrid review of 2008 and 2009 vintages.
A: Moderate pour yields 1-1.5 fingers of pillowy, just off-white head. Golden orange colored liquid with reddish-brown highlights. Great head retention. Beautiful, ideal.

S: Honey, tart apple, sauvignon blanc winey, citrus. Wow! Very winey. Strong on the Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops I think. Smells like Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA when warmer. Becomes boozy after a while which is the only negative.

T: Tart and strong grassy green hoppiness. Resiny hop with sweet malt scaffold. Mmmm! Tastes a tad sauvignon blanc-ey. Spicy and more bitter than other fresh hop beers I've had. Perhaps even moreso than the Northern Hemisphere version. A tad harsh, but still very nice.

M: Oily and full. Breathy alcohol, lasting bitterness, slightly creamy body..

D: Highly drinkable due to the deliciousness factor. I'd enjoy another and would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:09:07 | More by dfillius
Photo of aubuc1


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass

Clear light amber/orange color with a thick offwhite head.

Sharp smell of hops with light malt undertone.

Sweet, smoothe, and bitter taste that tastes bitter in the aftertaste. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Not too drinkable because of the aftertaste, but a great taste nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:03:28 | More by aubuc1
Photo of stumac


3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the brew pours up an orangish amber color. not much head to it. the aroma is mellow hops and subtle sweet malts. the taste is very citrusy. it also has a very nice bitter taste. its a pretty full bodied beer as well.

i rather enjoyed this beer as a pretty sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 16:46:31 | More by stumac
Photo of jsgpu90


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo for recommending this.

Displayed a nice clear copper color with a decent head when poured. Aroma was a very yummy (technical term) hop smell. Taste matched hop smell, medium carbonation bite, medium malt taste with slightly bitter aftertone. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:47:23 | More by jsgpu90
Photo of dgallina


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives in a chunky 24 ounce brown bottle. Clearly marked as the 1st release of 2008.

The beer is clear golden-tan in the glass. Displays a few fingers of foam initially, though that quickly devolves into a creamy off-white sheen. Excellent lace retention on the glass. Very fresh, though not raw, aroma. The hops exhibit blended herbal, citrus, and pine tones. Flavor displays a nice balance of toasted malt and fresh hop notes. Tastes as it smells, with a bitter fruity finish. Body is rich, creamy, and filling; tending towards slippery oiliness.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 17:15:01 | More by dgallina
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass (Squatters) a very nice clouldy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy slightly tan head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, some citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, nice touch of malts, and citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice APA, highly recommended, thanks Joe.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 23:09:32 | More by Wasatch
Photo of argock


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Delicious deep orange with lots of haze and a truly enormous 2-3 finger head regardless of direct center pour or 45 degree pour. It took at least 3 or 4 minutes to get where I'd be drinking more liquid than foam. Spikes of lace like stalactites down the sides of the glass.

S: The smell is pleasant, but not all that distinctive with auspicious fruit, pine, and herbal hops aromas. Some malt sweetness is there.

T: This beer is truly succulent with boundless flavors that fill your mouth including sweet malts which set the scene for the complex hops flavor. Hops contribution has mostly fruit flavors like orange and light pineapple followed by pine and spruce and finished with enough spiciness to give your palate a bitter zing.

M: Fits the SN prototype with even carbonation on a medium body and a very full and luscious aftertaste.

D: An exceptional APA with a very complex hops bill which provides a sweeter flavor with a good bitterness to follow the generous malt that is a quality of all SN brews.

Update: 2nd Release (2009) is earthier and a bit less lush than the inaugural offering, but still very falvorful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 04:12:30 | More by argock
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz brown bottle I picked up for $3.99 at Greens in Columbia, SC. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thick creamy head. Aroma is rich and complex, a good mixture of hops and malt. Flavor is all about the piney, citrusy imported hops with some sweet malts in the background. An outstanding beer. I hope they make this a regular.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 01:38:14 | More by clemtig76
Photo of dbONE


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked the 24oz bottle and admired the mild aroma coming from the bottle. A deep pale color is present as it is freed from its brown home with a fluffy white finding its way to the top of the standard pint glass.
The flavor come across a little dry, malty and meaty with the hops feeling a bit like hay and grass with a spot of citrus blended in. The hops cling to the malt on the way down for a crisp flavorfull balance. Sweet dry hops at the end keep the glass tipping in your favor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 19:48:08 | More by dbONE
Photo of bort11


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 oz fat bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Solid creamy tan head stands a fingers width. Slow to recede, it keeps a solid cap on the surface and near perfect rings of lace with each sip. Clear coppery red color.

Smell bursts with green floral hops. Citrus peels, pine needles and spices. Taste is very green. Green orange rind. It's peppery in the finish. Very full flavor. Very strong hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. The hops adds some prickliness to the carbonation.

This beer is extreme. Flying fresh hops from New Zealand to the US in under a week? Pow! Extreme indeed!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:27:37 | More by bort11
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.